Among the hospitals in Kent and London are dealing with double the variety of Covid-19 sufferers they’d within the spring.
There have been a complete of 15,465 Covid-19 sufferers in hospitals in England on Wednesday, up from 13,467 per week earlier.
In the course of the first wave of the virus, this quantity peaked at 18,974 on April 12.
The NHS in Kent confirmed on Friday night that it might be placing a cease to some deliberate remedies throughout the area “because of the improve in Covid sufferers being handled”.
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS belief had 221 Covid-19 sufferers on December 16, 120 greater than they’d within the first peak on April 8.
East Kent Hospitals College NHS Basis Belief was treating 357 individuals with coronavirus on Wednesday, nearly twice the utmost quantity they’d at any level in spring, when figures topped out at 187 on April 20.
A spokesperson for the NHS in Kent stated on Friday: “We’re working exhausting to make sure we deal with as many sufferers as doable, whereas guaranteeing we offer a protected hospital setting.
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“Nevertheless, the rise in numbers has meant troublesome selections to prioritise circumstances of upper urgency.”
They promised that pressing remedies akin to most cancers operations “will go forward as regular”.
Some 2,543 sufferers had been recorded within the capital on December 16, up from 1,787 per week in the past.
The primary wave peak in London was 5,201 sufferers on April 9.
Barts Well being NHS Belief, which serves round 2.5 million individuals in east London, stated on Thursday it has moved to the “excessive stress” section of its winter escalation plan.
A Barts Well being spokesman stated: “We’re treating excessive numbers of sufferers with Covid-19, and consistent with our winter escalation plan we have now moved right into a ‘excessive stress’ section and are taking steps to maintain our sufferers protected.
“These embody deferring some routine procedures over the approaching days so we are able to redeploy employees and improve the variety of vital care and basic beds accessible.”
The belief, which operates throughout 4 main hospital websites The Royal London, St Bartholomew’s, Whipps Cross and Newham, stated the plan won’t have an effect on most cancers sufferers and that folks shall be contacted straight if their elective procedures must be postponed.
Extra reporting by PA Media.